The Las Vegas Raiders are making moves, even after the trade deadline, it’s just happening by way of being cut. On Tuesday, the Raiders shocked everyone.
Fourth-year strong safety Johnathan Abram has been cut. Yep, you read that right. A truly shocking move.
There were rumors that this new regime wanted to get some of the guys from the Gruden regime out of there, and it looks like that’s true. But why would they not trade him before the deadline?
So far the Raiders’ picks from the top-three rounds from 2019-2021: 5th-year option declined: Clelin Ferrell, Josh Jacobs. Cut/Traded: Johnathan Abram, Trayvon Mullen, Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, Tanner Muse, and Alex Leatherwood.
#Raiders first-round picks from 2019-2021:— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 8, 2022
2021: Alex Leatherwood: Cut
2020: Henry Ruggs III: Cut
2020: Damon Arnette: Cut
2019: Johnathan Abram: Cut
2019: Josh Jacobs: 5th year declined.
2019: Clelin Ferrell: 5th year declined.
It was just an awkward move, that raised a ton of eyebrows.
Abram was starting to see his play time go down, so the cut makes sense in that aspect. In Weeks 1-4 he played at least 96% of defensive snaps and started all of those games.
Abram started the next two games, but his snaps were cut significantly. Abram hasn’t started the last two games, and in fact, played under 50% of the snaps.
If the Raiders would have traded him, they could have gotten something, even if it wasn’t what they wanted, at least they would have gotten something rather than nothing at all.
We have waived S Johnathan Abram. pic.twitter.com/yDZxUPk2Ck— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 8, 2022
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